Womens Premiership


11 Aug 2023
© Pacemaker Press Cliftonville's Kirsty McGuinness hit four on a high scoring night

The three sides at the top of the Sports Direct Women’s Premiership well and truly brought their shooting boots on a high scoring Friday night.

Glentoran Women maintained their six-point lead at the summit with a ten-goal salvo past Larne Women at Ashfield Boys HS.

It took the Glens half-an-hour to open the scoring, but then the floodgates well and truly opened.

Kerry Beattie found the net on 32 minutes after converting a ball from the right, with Emily Wilson adding a second soon after at the near post.

Beattie doubled her tally moments later, before Joely Andrews got on the scoresheet followed swiftly by Wilson’s second of the evening – all within a blistering eight minute spell!

Wilson then bagged her hat-trick goal into the far corner a couple of minutes from the break.

Beattie followed suit with her third midway through the second half, with Rachel Rogan then coming off the bench to hit two in quick succession. Jenna McKearney then completed the scoring with just over ten minutes remaining.

Cliftonville Ladies remain second and did their goal difference no harm at all with a thumping 14-0 defeat of Mid Ulster Ladies in Cookstown.

Kirsty McGuinness was the most prolific scorer for the Reds, breaking the deadlock on 24 minutes and adding a further three goals after the break.

There were also hat-tricks for Claire Shaw and Marissa Callaghan while Toni-Leigh Finnegan helped herself to a second half double with Louise McDaniel and Danielle Maxwell wrapping things up.

Sion Swifts Ladies hit six goals without reply past Lisburn Ladies at the Bluebell Stadium.

All six came in a stunning first half display, including a hat-trick for Cora Chambers and two for Kerry Brown while Naomi McLaughlin also found the net.

Earlier in the week there were two goal away wins for Crusaders Strikers and Linfield Women over Derry City Women and Ballymena United respectively.

Mia Moore bagged both for the Blues – one in each half – while Rachel McLaren and Nicole Caldwell were on target for the Strikers.